Okkultokrati sound like they’re playing to you from a different dimension. Lead as always by grand visionary and songwriter Erik Svarte, their new album Raspberry Dawn is weird, wired and quite possibly the holy grail for those looking for radical rock reinvention and new sensations in the current era.
On Raspberry Dawn, Okkultokrati thrust the heretic rock and roll that they have cultivated since their 2008 inception into more extraordinary situations. Classic 70’s riffing, snotty punk, and brash old school metal are inventively mixed with pulses and spikes of dark wave and ice cold, psychedelic repetition. They execute these infectious tunes effortlessly, playing with the attitude they retained from their roots in rural hard rock attitude, and busting a propulsive stomp that aligns them closer to the clarity of recordings from decades past, also exemplified by spring reverb twangs that ping across the mix like rubber bands.
Erik Svarte’s electric guitars are run through high power fuzz mechanisms that rattle and roar like powerful engines. Vocalist Henning’s hoarse snarls and cries take on many forms but retaining an audible link to metal with their prickly delivery, phrased in triumphant catchy guises. An instant example of this is heard on the title track; a glorious rock’n’roll anthem celebrating the bad boys of rock and roll such as Iggy Pop, the Ramones and Alan Vega (RIP).
The fresh addition of synth player Feffe Severin on Raspberry Dawn allows Okkultokrati to fully expand in to their new stage, where nothing and everything is sacred. Adding organ touches, violent slaps of static, and blown out sci-fi overtures to the Okkultokrati collective, Severin compliments perfectly the band’s pre-existing taste for the curious and the macabre, amping up both the drama and the feel good extremes that they have always lathered their sound in.
This new LP is without a doubt a giant bound forward from Snakereigns and Night Jerks, and one that will surely lasso in more inquisitive ears. Whether you’re a devotee of sounds from the underground or in the market for a stadium rock fix, Okkultokrati can somehow satisfy you all.
Raspberry Dawn is out now on CD and digital formats via Southern Lord. Vinyl will follow shortly afterward.
New tour plans for Raspberry Dawn continue to mount as well. Following the impending Crown Feral Europe 2016 tour across Europe with Trap Them and Venom Prison in October, Okkultokrati this week also announces a large headlining tour in December. The band confirms a trek running through Dresden, Linz, Prague, Berlin, Tilburg, Le Harve, Liege, Rotterdam, Oldenburg, Copenhagen, and Gothenburg, beginning December 6th and ending on the 17th. Stand by for additional tour dates to be announced shortly.
OKKULTOKRATI Tour Dates:
10/13/2016 OCCII – Amsterdam, NL*
10/14/2016 Underground – Köln, DE *
10/15/2016 Bloodshed Fest – Eindhoven, NL *
10/16/2016 Kavka – Antwerp, BE *
10/17/2016 Boston Music Room – London, UK *
10/18/2016 Corporation – Sheffield, UK *
10/19/2016 Rainbow Courtyard – Birmingham, UK *
10/20/2016 Gibus – Paris, FR *
10/21/2016 Kofmehl – Solothurn, CH *
10/22/2016 Stadtmitte – Karlsruhe, DE *
10/23/2016 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE *
10/24/2016 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE *
10/25/2016 Cyklopen – Stockholm, SE *
10/26/2016 Bla – Oslo, NO *
12/06/2016 Bärenzwinger – Dresden, DE
12/07/2016 KAPU – Linz, AT
12/08/2016 Klub 007 – Prague, CZ
12/09/2016 Urban Spree – Berlin, DE
12/10/2016 Incubate Festival – Tilburg, NL
12/11/2016 McDaid’s – Le Havre, FR
12/12/2016 La Zone – Liege, BE
12/13/2016 Worm – Rotterdam, NL
12/14/2016 MTS Citysound – Oldenburg, DE
12/15/2016 Stengade – Copenhagen, DK
12/17/2016 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
* Crown Feral Europe 2016 w/ Trap Them, Venom Prison
Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson said of the album, “Fucked up in all the right places! Super original and I can say that I’ve definitely never heard anything like this! Visions of Bauhaus and Dark Throne listening to Joy Division albums by torchlight in the dark forests of Oslo.”